Antarctica

A world very few have ever experienced. Those who come aboard our Antarctica cruises get to explore one of the last true untouched wildernesses on the planet.

Cruises to Antarctica

Spectacular Ross Sea (incl. helicopters)
Up to 8250 USD discount

Spectacular Ross Sea (incl. helicopters)

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Sail to the southern parts of the Antarctic Peninsula, Peter I Island, the Bellingshausen and Amundsen Seas into the Ross Sea. Visiting the Ross Ice-shelf, Dry Valleys, McMurdo Station, Campbell Island and the historic huts of Scott and Shackleton.

Cruise date:

15 Feb - 17 Mar, 2017

Price:

25700 USD 17450 USD 8250 USD discount

Atlantic Odyssey, excl. Antarctic Peninsula
Up to 2250 USD discount

Atlantic Odyssey, excl. Antarctic Peninsula

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The Atlantic Odyssey cruise visits some of the remotest islands in the world, crossing the migratory paths of Arctic Terns, Long-tailed Skuas, other birds, and a variety of whales as they make their annual expeditions north for the breeding season.

Cruise date:

26 Mar - 22 Apr, 2017

Price:

8050 USD 5800 USD 2250 USD discount

Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula
Up to 3150 USD discount

Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula

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This Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and Antarctic Peninsula cruise is an animal-lover’s dream come true. The expedition explores one of the last untamed areas on Earth – a land of ruggedly beautiful landscapes and amazingly varied wildlife.

Cruise date:

15 Feb - 6 Mar, 2017

Price:

15650 USD 12500 USD 3150 USD discount

Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp Plancius
Up to 2050 USD discount

Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp Plancius

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The Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp Plancius cruise offers you a myriad of ways to explore and enjoy the Antarctic Region. This expedition allows you to hike, snowshoe, kayak, go mountaineering, and even camp out under the Southern Polar skies.

Cruise date:

6 Mar - 17 Mar, 2017

Price:

10250 USD 8200 USD 2050 USD discount

Antarctic Peninsula
Up to 1700 USD discount

Antarctic Peninsula

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The 'Classic Antarctic' route. This cruise delivers you to wondrous landscapes found in one of the harshest environments on Earth… and yet teeming with an amazing variety of wildlife found in the air, swimming under the clean clear waters, and across the land.

Cruise date:

5 Feb - 15 Feb, 2017

Price:

9650 USD 7950 USD 1700 USD discount

Antarctica cruise video

Antarctica story

The Antarctica State of Mind

The grandeur and wonder of Antarctica is beyond words. Staring at my screen and not knowing where to start, I took a glance at the dark grey...

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Antarctica blog

What to Expect When Crossing the Drake Passage

Sitting between the southern tip of South America and the north-reaching arm of Antarctica is the body of water known as the Drake Passage. Considered...

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Antarctica experiences

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Antarctica wildlife

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Map of Antarctica

Antarctica cruise reviews

Overall rating based on 34 votes

Barry Lubin

The voyage was way more fantastic than I had anticipated in terms of majestic beauty, ambience on board, friendly staff and crew, accessibility to the Peninsula with 10 landings, the maximum possible, close proximity...

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Elizabeth Turton

Words are not adequate. Astounding scenery - surprising colourful Falklands, historic South Georgia with so many penguins, majestic islands, fascinating and colourful icebergs, sea ice and bergy bits - how many...

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Lorraine Mykitiuk

I cannot say enough good words about this trip, including what I saw, experienced and learned, and about the Captain, crew and all the staff who made it n amazing experience. The Captain always found a way for us...

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Allan Reid

We were lucky in having good weather the whole trip. The morning of our arrival the scene was breathtaking and only got better from there on. We keep telling friends that to look at pictures or video is only 20%...

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Fiona Shang
Time of my Life
by Fiona Shang on Antarctica

The grandeur of Antarctica is beyond any words or pictures. In the undisturbed tranquility, isolated to the notion of timelessness, I was in awe of its magnificence and our insignificance, and my mind become...

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Valerie Spink
A Wonderful Experience
by Valerie Spink on Antarctica

The trip far exceeded our expectations. The staff and crew were professional and knowledgeable. Andrew Bishop and his team took great care of the passengers and ensured that we had the opportunity to land as...

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Antarctica FAQ

Where is Antarctica?

Antarctica is the fifth largest of the seven continents. Antarctica has two large indentations which are the Ross Sea and the Weddell Sea. The nearest continent is South America. The total surface of Antarctica is 14.2 Million square kilometres (about...

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What is the time zone in Antarctica?

The time zone in Antarctica is the same as the time zone in New Zealand:  GMT + 12 hours. On regular Antarctic trips we operate in the same time zone as Ushuaia, Argentina: GMT – 3 hours. 

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Is it dangerous to visit Antarctica?

No, the remote location, frozen landscape, and unpredictable weather can make tourism operations in Antarctica tricky, but Oceanwide Expeditions has the right experience, knowledge, and expertise to stay safe in the Antarctic. 

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What is the climate at Antarctica?

Antarctica is the coldest and also the windiest continent in the world. The lowest temperature on Earth was recorded in Antarctica. There are three climatic regions in Antarctica: The interior of the continent: This is the extremely cold area of...

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What is the Antarctic landscape like?

Antarctica consists of two main areas. East Antarctica (Greater Antarctica) and West Antarctica (Antarctic Peninsula). More than 98% of Antarctica is covered with ice. The land is covered with ice and snow. Antarctica’s two parts are separated by...

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What kinds of plants and animals are there in Antarctica?

The vegetation at Antarctica is limited to around 350 species of mostly lichens, mosses, and algae. Various sea birds, seals, and penguins are often seen in Antarctica such as the Emperor Penguin, Adelie Penguin, Orcas, Humpback whales, Weddell Seals and...

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About Antarctica

Antarctic Weather

Antarctica is a collection of extremes – on average it is the windiest, driest, coldest, and highest elevated of all the continents. Only about 200 mm of precipitation falls along the coastline each year, with the inland areas being even drier. Despite the harsh nature of the continent, Antarctic cruise voyagers are treated to some spectacular scenery. It’s a land of dark rugged rocky peaks contrasting with the white snow and the passing of bright icebergs across dark waters.


Our Antarctic cruises take you to the coldest location on Earth, but along the coasts (where you’ll be while on one of our Antarctic cruises) temperatures can reach as high as 10°C during a very hot summer day. Expect temperatures just above freezing on a regular day. Don’t know what clothing to bring? Don’t worry, we’ll give you all the information you need to keep comfortable as you travel to the Antarctic. 

Facts About Antarctica

  • Antarctica is bigger than Europe.

  • Since Antarctica experiences so little precipitation it is technically considered a desert.

  • The name “Antarctica” comes from a Greek phrase that means “opposite to north”.

  • Almost 62% of the fresh water ice found across the entire Earth is found in Antarctica. If all that ice melted the world’s oceans would rise about 60 metres.

  • The coldest temperature ever recorded was at Vostok in the Antarctic on July 21, 1983. The thermometer dipped all the way down to -89.2°C. That is cold enough to shatter steel.

  • Despite the cold the biggest ever mass of living creatures was spotted in the Antarctic – a 10,000,000 tonne school of krill.

  • The first recorded and confirmed sighting of Antarctica was in 1820. It would take almost 100 years, until 1911, before a human being actually set foot on the continent.

Travel to Antarctica

An Antarctic cruise is an opportunity to visit an area of the Earth that has remained largely unchanged since the time when Aristotle first gave the world the idea of a Terra Australis.



Explorers get the chance to investigate one of the world’s densest concentrations of undisturbed animal life, visiting with the expert survivalists who make the continent their home – seals, whales, and all those penguins.

Our Antarctica cruises offer you an experience unlike any you’ve ever had before. Take a Zodiac ride amongst the blue and white icebergs that tower above the water, kayak alongside curious whales, pay respects to a curious penguin, dive into a new world under water, camp under the Polar sky, or climb to a rugged vista for an amazing view. You can investigate the wide variety of cruises to Antarctica on the dedicated Antarctica cruise page.